the best animated films

Top 16 of 2016

1. La La Land

It’s joyous, romantic, energetic, heartbreaking, and just so damn fun!!  Not only the best of the year, but the best of the past 2 years!!

2. Hell or High Water

An inspired neo western that deals with income inequality and family.  It’s tense and darkly funny, with a great Texas atmosphere and lived in characters.

3. Arrival

A smart alien ‘invasion’ movie that focuses on communication and unity instead of violence and bombast, underlined with an emotional and eye opening human story that demands multiple viewings.

4. The Edge of Seventeen

Hailee Steinfeld is Oscar worthy in this coming of age tale.  It’s equally hilarious and heartbreaking, all the while being surprisingly relatable.

5. Moonlight

A deep character study full of empathy and raw emotions.  Fantastic acting and even better direction.

6. Manchester by the Sea

A subtle, yet completely honest portrayal of dealing with grief.  One of the best acting ensembles of year.

7. Captain America: Civil War

Kinetic action, real world themes, and focus on characters new and old make this one of the best entries in the MCU.

8. Captain Fantastic

Who knew living off the grid could be so interesting?  A unique take on the family dramedy that shows the good and bad of both sides, and gets the family into some hysterical situations.

9. The Witch 

A dark and atmospheric experience, with eerily authentic sense of dread.  It’s a horror movie that’s actually horrific!

10. Swiss Army Man

The most unique and absurdly hilarious movie of the year.  A movie that I feel is about normalizing openly loving relationships between two males, whether it’s romantic or not.  Career performance from Radcliffe as well.

11. The Nice Guys

The best written action comedy in years.  Amazing chemistry between Crowe and Gosling.  Just so much fun and totally rewatchable.

12. Sing Street

An inspired story filled with great music, likeable characters that you can’t help but root for, and a great authentic 80s feel.

13. Hunt for the Wilder people

Another absurdist comedy from Taika Waititi featuring fantastic banter between the two unlikely leads and a subtlety touching story.

14. Nocturnal Animals

A dark and twisted sophomore effort from Tom Ford.  Incredible ensemble all around and a story within a story that’s completely captivating.

15. Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds killed it in the role he was born to play.  Very funny and a very faithful adaptation of the tone of the comics!

16. Star Trek Beyond

A very entertaining and character driven movie for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.  Great new characters and great use of classic characters.


Honorable mentions:

- A Monster Calls

- Green Room

- The Neon Demon

- Equals

- Doctor Strange

- Kubo and the two strings

- David Brent: Life on the road

- American Honey

- The Jungle book

- Midnight special

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: I cannot believe the song Evermore (gracing the public's ears for the first in the year of our Lord 2017) even exists. You take a beloved Disney classic like Beauty and the Beast (which was the first animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars) and attempted a live action, CGI packed (but amazingly well done), musical and not only make it gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, stay true to the beloved story while still adding new elements to it, but also giving the other main character a NEW solo song and make it instantly (in my humble opinion) the most favored song on a soundtrack that's already beloved by millions (a majority millennials mind you) perfectly crafting it to fit the amazing Dan tenor looking but is actually a bass Stevens who is truly singing his heart out about losing the only person who's ever really been there for him with such passion that is brought tears to my eyes and oh wOW I👏🏼am👏🏼so👏🏼blessed👏🏼
Beauty and the Beasts’ Gay Moment: AKA The Whole Movie

Much ado has arisen regarding Beauty and the Beasts’ “exclusively gay moment,” regarding the film’s character LeFou – who is regarded as the first openly gay character in a live action Disney film.

However, the film in its totality is heavily tethered to the gay experience.

As he wrote the lyrics for the film’s numerous iconic songs, Howard Ashman was secretly living with AIDS, a diagnosis he received just after receiving a Best Song Oscar for “Under the Sea.” 

Disney sought out Ashman to return to work on Beauty and the Beast, understandably eager for the award-winning lyricist’s participation. Ashman sympathized with the Beast, drawing parallels to his own experiences, and requested that they make the character into a more humanized role upon agreeing.

Together with his writing partner Alan Menken, Ashman crafted songs that would be cherished for generations – but he did so from home, growing more and more ill.

Throughout the process, the Beast’s character came to be regarded as a metaphor for living with AIDS.

Bill Condon, the director of the new film, said, “He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle—and a way for the curse to be lifted. It was a very concrete thing that he was doing.”

Producer Don Hahn tied the “Kill the Beast” song to the feeling of societal ostracizing against those struggling with AIDS, stating, “He was really dealing with a debilitating disease, in an era when it was stigmatized. And so, there were so many of those underpinnings to the movie that people may not have seen.

Tragically, Ashman passed away before the film was released. In tribute, the filmmakers included the dedication: “To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”

Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Congratulations!!! So happy that the Zootopia crew winning golden globe for best animated film!!! Thanks for everyone who worked on this wonderful movie 🍻🍻🍻 lil piece for celebrating 🎆🎇🍾🐰🦊🍹🎇🎆